Fault lines have cut across the Alt Right for years.
For several years at least, those in the Alt Right/pro-white/kinist world have struggled over a definition of its core tenets. The 2016-17 split between the Alt Right and the Alt Lite was one manifestation of this, as those two camps divided over whether ethnic solidarity, or civic patriotism, defined American nationalism. On the one hand were those such as us at FaithandHeritage.com, and on the other hand were the likes of Milo, Mike Cernovich, and Paul Joseph Watson.
Prior to this was the divide over whether Jews ought to be defined as potential allies of whites, or identified as our archnemesis. On the one side stood people and organizations like Jared Taylor and the Council of Conservative Citizens. On the other side stood those such as Dr. David Duke and Counter-Currents.
At present the division over the Jewish Question has faded in significance, as members of both factions have allied against the common Leftist foe (and that foe is obviously Jewish). As for the division over ethnonationalism versus civic nationalism, that debate was settled before it even started.
There’s another fault line that runs through the pro-white movement that stretches back millennia. It is the question of religion. Lately I’ve been looking at whether or not any major religious tradition has organizations that accept and embrace us. The answer is no, and the solution to that seeming problem is spiritual entrepreneurship, in my opinion.
But I don’t want to compare religions in this article. I want to talk about no religion. Atheism — whether intentional and ideologically rigorous, or unintentional and rooted in indifference towards spiritual matters — permeates much of the Alt Right.
Influential Alt Right figures such as Mike Enoch, Richard Spencer, and those in their immediate circles prefer atheism over Christianity for well thought-out reasons. Their embrace of atheism is a willful choice. Their atheism includes an active disdain for traditional, orthodox Christianity. They may embrace the cultural benefits of Christianity, but they abhor its actual beliefs and morals. Sometimes they intentionally deride the Faith and at other times it seeps out. Either way, it’s clear to anyone who’s listening that to these and similar leaders of the Alt Right, Christianity is at best a silly idea to tolerate, and perhaps a devious Jewish plot to destroy Western man.
As a Christian who wants to see his nation and posterity thrive in a free, prosperous future, I value the work and hardships that these atheists have contributed towards our collective survival, notwithstanding their rejection of the God whom I love and who made Western civilization great. God’s common grace yields benefits through all His creatures, including those who deny and deride Him. This article is not a direct criticism of these individuals (though they are emblematic and thus relevant to this discussion), but is instead a direct criticism of the atheistic worldview.
My criticism of atheism and its influence in the Alt Right has been consistent. In podcasts here, here, and elsewhere, I have publicly discussed the fact that atheism is a cancer to our race, to the success of our cause, and to the souls of our loved ones.
For the record, the major irreligious organizations reject pro-white people and their views as much as the insane or cucked religious organizations.
I do not automatically discount atheists’ claims or disregard their grievances. I am familiar with atheists’ claims about evolution, religious wars, supernaturalism, the Jewishness of Jesus, the Christian doctrines of forgiveness, self-control, sin, judgment, and servant leadership, i.e. “slave morality.” As a white man who has suffered in the same sick societal waters that they tread to stay afloat, and experienced the letdowns that accompany a spiritual life, I sympathize with their complaints on an experiential level.
I know what it is to have loved ones die too soon, to see God “not answer” my prayers, to not understand God’s will for my life or my world. I know what it is to be rejected by my church community, to see the Church hijacked by cucks and perverts, and to see the Bible that inspires me twisted to condemn me. I know the temptation to reject it all out of hand, or at least to redefine it in order to fit my experience.
I know what it is to feel alone, poor, helpless, and to desire nothing more than the means to never again let myself and my loved ones be vulnerable. To seek and attain power, as Spencer openly says he believes he should do, in order to create a better society from the top down.
The temptation to unbelief and self-will are as old as Eden. Like millions of souls before us, we in the Alt Right suffer and struggle with our sinfulness, the degeneracy of the world around us, and the seeming illogic of the lives we live. It’s not my place to condemn anyone for feeling these temptations or even taking strides in those directions, as I have felt those feelings and done things that I regret. But the answer to life’s seeming injustices and God’s seeming illogic is not to close oneself off from one’s Creator, or choose a life of radical independence from and rebellion against Him. That is literally the path of Satan. It is the path of all degeneracy and all evil. We will not aid ourselves, our families, or our people if we reject the source of all life, hope, and peace simply because life hurts and we don’t understand why.
The hero’s path — the Christian’s path — is a combination of hard work, experience, wisdom, exercises in judgment, and faith in a God who saves us. A God who is the Hero that all other heroes merely imitate. A God whose grace, mercy, patience, knowledge, and power are unbearably strong. Therefore, the Christian lives by walking, falling, getting up again, and continuing to move forward — all by the mercy and grace of Almighty God.
Atheism does not do this. It walks away, walks backwards, and walks contrary to one’s own self-good and the good of others. Atheism defies one’s own Maker and Judge, and as such is supremely foolish. It is noteworthy that the Bible calls the atheist a fool.
Thousands of years ago David penned the words of Psalm 14:1, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” Today atheistic fools still mock God in their books, movies, TED Talks, and podcasts. Sadly for them, the verdict has stayed the same, and their arguments have been refuted by able Christian apologists since the days of the early Church. This biblical verdict speaks to their true nature and their competence as leaders. If faithlessness blinds us to important realities, how can a person effectively lead others with no awareness of those realities? If our movement is led by and for atheists, I do not believe that this movement will succeed any more than the movement of atheist fools in Russia did from 1917-1991, or than the humanists in power across Europe and America succeed today.
Also, I do not believe that an atheistic movement is a desirable political vehicle for my children or my people. An atheistic, secular ethnostate is not something for which I will ever fight.
In our Anglo-American tradition, the concept of decentralized government depends on our rights coming from God. God is the possessor of all power, which He grants to individuals and families, who then delegate some of that power to form governments for certain ends. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s exactly what Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence. Spencer’s concept of totalitarian state power to create or deny rights based on nothing but its own power is fundamentally identical to the Soviet/postmodern American police state concept of taking and granting privileges. Atheistic ideas have consequences, and those continental European-style consequences are nothing that my English-speaking kin and I have, or will ever, fight for.
If, like pawns on Satan’s chess board, one anti-God multicultural regime were sacrificed to make way for another, racially homogenous one, the net result for our race, children, and honor would be negative.
Practically speaking, it’s unclear to me how atheists such as the Alt Right Politics panel expect to build a movement that is attractive to white men by espousing the personas and views of Beltway nabobs who look down their pointy noses at us guns-and-Bible-toting “bitter clingers.” An honest appraisal must conclude that they simply may not care for us any more than their colorblind liberal colleagues. That’s their right, and it may be a true expression of their philosophy. However, it’s not one people like me will ever embrace.
Atheism denies and defiles the most important essence of man. Take for example Mike Enoch and the Death Panel’s dismissal of traditional Christianity in favor of Gnosticism and Marcionism on The Daily Shoah Episode 117 last year at Christmas. The fact that dissecting Christianity and praising heresy was the subject of their Christmas podcast spoke volumes. Nowhere was there praise of the Christ Child, of the wondrous miracle of the Virgin Birth, or of the meaning of Christ’s Incarnation and the inauguration of His first advent. Nowhere was there a look forward to the hope of Easter and the amazing grace of Good Friday. Instead, there was an autopsy of what they believed was a dead and false religion. Their reasons for journeying to that intellectual and spiritual desert were their own, but the net result of every desert is lifelessness.
A movement that finds Christmas inspiration for atheistic and heretical diatribe instead of wonder, joy, and grace is not a movement that has — or offers — hope to the human soul. Given that white man and his civilization is essentially spiritual, that is a big practical problem, and will be a death knell to the willingness of men like me to subscribe to that movement if unchecked.
I value these men and their efforts, and I happen to think God has better things in store for them than s—posting about Gnosticism at Christmas time, or praising authoritarianism while being persecuted by a near-totalitarian State and society. But those blessings require turning to Christ with faith and repenting of sin and unbelief.
We here at Faith and Heritage believe that Christ, not Nietzsche, is the most relevant philosopher for the success of the Alt Right. The Cross is the symbol of our people. Atheism is as diametrically anti-white as is Judaism. The hero’s path is the straight and narrow path Christ commanded us to walk. The future of the white race is tied up in the Faith. Atheists should remember that the only time they’ve subjugated Christians was as failing Roman imperialists, and as Jew-dominated Bolsheviks. Both times, they fell. We’re still here. And we won’t send our boys to be cannon fodder for a godless cause.